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Safety Regulations and Responsibilities

Gas and Electrical Safety

All landlords have a Duty of Care to ensure their tenants are safe. The law requires that all appliances are safe and strongly recommends that everything should be independently tested.

Duty of Care demands that all electrical appliances are tested on a regular basis, particularly at the point at which the property becomes available to let. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 state that supplying unsafe appliances is an offence. In the event of an accident involving electricity the landlord must be able to demonstrate that the supply and appliances are safe. This can only be done if they have been independently tested.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that all let and managed properties must be tested annually for safety. Only Gas Safe registered businesses with Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) qualified engineers are authorised to carry out work on gas appliances and piping. We recommend only fully qualified contractors to carry out electrical and gas safety checks.

We are happy to handle this on your behalf. We recommend battery operated smoke alarms are installed. (Once installed, responsibility for replacing the battery passes to the tenant.) Failure to comply with regulations can result in hefty fines and in some extreme cases, imprisonment.

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